bio


Susan Still Scott was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and currently lives and works in

Upstate New York. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and attended Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. While there, she focused on Early Renaissance painting and sculpture. Scott received a Masters of Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.


Scott’s first solo exhibition in New York City was at Heskin Contemporary in 2011, entitled Corporeality and Other Things of Grace and Beauty. The title references her ongoing visual play with materials combined with carefully considered responses to modern painterly abstraction.


A recipient of residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, Scott has exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe. Recently she has shown at Site:Brookly, NY, The Ice Box Project Space and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA, Collarworks, Troy, NY, Equity Gallery, New York, NY, RE-Institute, Millerton, NY, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY, Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex, CT, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY.



statement


I make irregularly shaped painted constructions out of traditional painting materials that are hybrids of abstract painting and sculpture. The formal challenge in making this work is to reconcile two essentially different experiences of visual space using color and form. Paint covers and reveals, actually and metaphorically. As a substance it embodies sensation and emotion. The physicality of sculpture acts similarly but over time from consecutive positions in the viewer's personal space. I'm interested how the viewer absorbs multiple points of view when both disciplines, equally present, speak at once, because that is reality. Image and object can speak to each other as if negotiating roles. It is about how paint and form determine how we see things. 


Formality begs its flip side, where informal tactics, emotional content and implied narratives have their place. Each sculptural painting has a singular identity with its own attitude or activity driven by its material components. Some pieces are physically compromised, while others develop a subtle undercurrent of anxiety belied by the colorful exteriors and expressed by a sense of urgency, delicate repairs, ripped edges and parts that don’t quite meet. I want the viewer to wonder how, if not why, the artwork came to be. I want to make work that embraces uncertainty with conviction and the wry humor that often comes with it.



cv/bibliography


selected solo exhibitions


Righteous Ordinary, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, April 2013


Swell Spot, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, January 2012


Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, Summer 2011


Some Other Things, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, May 2011


Corporeality and Other Things of Grace and Beauty, Heskin Contemporary, New York, NY, 

March 2011


Susan Scott, Danforth Museum of Art, curated by Katherine French, Framingham, MA, Fall 2010


Make-do and Mend Again, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, April 2010


MFA Thesis, Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, 1998


selected group exhibitions


Mountain High, Valley Low, LABspace, curated by Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher, Hillsdale, NY, June-July 2022


Spinning Plates, Odetta Digital, curated by Ellen Hackl Fagan, NY, NY, January-June 2022


Full Circle, WoArt online exhibition, curated by Christina Massey, December-January 2022


Painting 2011-2021, Site:Brooklyn, online exhibition, curated by Peter Frank, Brooklyn, NY, September-October 2021


Juried Exhibition 2021, Five Points Gallery, curated by Joe Ficigna, Torrington, CT, 2021

SpaceLAB, Collarworks, curated by Julie Torres and Ellens Letcher, Troy, NY, September-October 2020

Object Oriented, Equity Gallery, curated by Anne Russinof, New York, NY, July-August 2019

Earthly Delights, The Re Institute, curated by Susan Jennings, Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher, Millerton, NY, August 2019

Colorforms, LABspace, four person show curated by Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher, Hillsdale, NY, December 2018

Mighty Minis, curated by Suzan Shutan, Souterrain Gallery, West Cornwall, CT July-August 2017 and Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex, CT, February 2018

Finders Keepers, 222 Cabot Gallery, curated by Kevin Lucey, Beverly, MA, April-May 2017

Machines of Paint, 72 Front St., curated by Jennifer Riley, Brooklyn, NY, September-October 2016

Diphthong, Fiterman Art Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, curated by Stephen Maine and Gelah Penn, New York, NY, October-November 2015

The Country Between Us, curated by Ariel Freiberg, New Art Center, Newton, MA, November-December 2014


CONstruct/conSTRUCT: The Organizing Principal, Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, Worcester, MA, October-November 2013


They, Salle Polyvalente, Parc du Seuil, curated by Roland Orepuk, Sainte Marie D’Alloix, France, February 2012


Textility, Visual Art Center of New Jersey, curated by Joanne Mattera and Mary Birmingham, Summit, NJ, January-April 2012


Boston Does Boston 5, Proof Gallery, with Jennifer Moses, Boston, MA, January 2012


Still, Members' Show, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, September 2011


Major Grey, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, July 2011


Dialogues---members invite guest artists, with Brenda Goodman, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, January 2011


Big Bang III, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, December 2010-January 2011


Informal Relations, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Scott Grow, Indianapolis, IN, November 2010


Off The Wall, Danforth Museum of Art, curated by Jen Mergel, Helen Molesworth, Framingham, MA, Summer 2010


Touch Faith, Semantics Gallery, curated by Jeffery Cortland Jones, Cincinnati, OH, 2009


Linked--Small Works, Big Ideas, Heskin Contemporary, curated by Jennifer Riley, New York, NY, March 2009


Victory for Tyler Painters, Ice Box Project Space, curated by Jenelle Porter, Philadelphia, PA, 2007


Both, Green Street Gallery, curated by James Hull, Boston, MA, 2005


The Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, curated by Bill Arning and Ellen Gallagher, Boston, MA, 2000 and 2002


Salon Redux, Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, curated by Laura Donaldson, Boston, MA, 2001


Salon, Montserrat College of Art Gallery, curated by Laura Donaldson, Beverly, MA, 2001


Constructed Paintings, Mills Gallery, curated by Shelley Bancroft, Boston, MA, 1999


In the Spirit of Drawing, Brickbottom Gallery, curated by Judith Brassard Brown, Somerville, MA, 1998


Informants, Patricia Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, 1997


National Juried Printmaking Exhibition, John Callahan Gallery, Boston, MA, 1997


Shifting Grounds, Boston printmakers, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1997


presentations/panels/talks


Visiting Artist, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, 2020

Panel Discussion, The Country Between Us, New TV public access station, Newton, MA, 2014

Artists' Discussion, Art Center of New Jersey, Textility, Summit, NJ, 2012

Heskin Contemporary, Corporeality... of Grace and Beauty, New York, NY, March 2011

Danforth Museum of Art, Solo Exhibition, Framingham, MA, Fall 2010
Kingston Gallery, Make-Do and Mend Again, Boston, MA, 2010
Visiting Artist, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, 2008, 2010
Panel Discussion, Salon Redux, Trustman Art Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 2007

Green Street Gallery, Both, Boston, MA, 2005

Mills Gallery, The Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, 2002
Yaddo, Saratoga, NY, 1998.


residencies/fellowships


MacDowell Visual Artist Fellowship, Peterborough, NH, January 1999

Yaddo, Ilsa Getz Danes Endowed Artist Fellowship, Saratoga, NY, November 1998
Dorland Mountain Colony, Artist Residency, Temecula, CA, 1998
Vermont Studio Center Scholarship, Johnson, VT, 1998


bibliography


Susan Still Scott, Artist's Talk, Montserrat Galleries, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pGj2ZN_T-c


"The Ghost in the Machine: Diphthong at the Fiterman", by John Mendelsohn, 2015

https://artcritical.com/2015/10/05/john-mendelsohn-on-diphthong/


"Linda Leslie Brown Interviews Susan Still Scott: Some Questions About 'Righteous Ordinary'", 2013


"Have You Met Susan Still Scott?", Painter's Progress, by Stephen B. MacInness, 2013

"Textility", Art Blog by Joanne Mattera, 2012


"Textility: Idiosyncratic Materiality....", Two Coats of Paint, by Sharon Butler, 2012


“Featured Artist: Susan Still Scott”, Making the Art Seen, by Sand T. Kalloch, 2012


“Susan Scott at John Davis Gallery”, Anaba, by Martin Bromirski, 2011


"Susan S. Scott, Boston Artist", Lynette Haggard Artist Interviews, 2011 http://lynettehaggard.blogspot.com/2011/02/susan-s-scott-boston-artist.html


Studio Visit Magazine, Published by Open Studios Press, juried by Steven Zevitas, 2010


Off the Wall... by Cate McQuaid. The Boston Globe, March 18, 1999


Mills Show... by Mary Sherman, The Boston Herald, February 28, 1999


Constructed Paintings... by Christopher Millis, South End News, March 11, 1999


education


MFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Tyler School of Art, Temple University Abroad, Rome, Italy